3. Google Buys Mysterious Startup Agnilux
Google this week acquired Agnilux, a shadowy San Jose, Calif.-based startup that includes former employees from chip startup P.A. Semi, which Apple bought for $278 million two years ago and whose technology is believed to power the iPad. With all the talk about a Google tablet, the logical conclusion is that Agnilux will bring Google chip expertise and reduce its reliance on third party chipmakers.
Agnilux has reportedly held strategic investment talks with Cisco, Microsoft and Texas Instruments, and that's only adding to the mystery around this particular deal. Hey Google, Apple has already cornered the market on mystery buzz, are you sure you want to do this? It'd be silly to just buy a company and not do anything with It -- we're talking to you, eBay/Skype.